1). Minerals are the particles that makes up
rocks. Minerals are natural resources of amalgamation that becomes a fixed
structure. Their physical properties are what helps distinguish the different
types of minerals.
2). A. Color- Examining the color of a mineral alone won’t
help enough to distinguish the type of mineral because a lot of minerals can contain
similar colors. Moreover, the occurrence of some elements within that mineral can
help define a mineral’s color to determine the type of mineral it is.
B. Luster defines whether a mineral is metallic
or nonmetallic. You’re able to distinguish its feature by determining whether
the mineral is shiny or drab by reflecting the light on the surface of a
mineral. It is preferred to observe a broken piece of the mineral to identify
if it has a metallic luster.
C. Hardness- Identifying hardness by getting the
minerals you want to be tested against
a hard one. If you scratch the tested mineral against the hard one and it doesn’t
scratch that tells you it’s a soft mineral. However, if the tested mineral scratched
the hard one then it demonstrates that the mineral being tested is hard.
– Commonly when you discover a breakage like a 90-degree angle on a mineral going
in a certain direction or even going more than one direction on a parallel flat
surface it demonstrates cleavage. Likewise, if a mineral breaks oddly on an
erratic surface that would be known as a fracture.
Using an unvarnished piece of porcelain,
you scratch the mineral across the facial of the plate that you’re trying to
identify to observe the color of the mineral once its
with acid helps with the identification of some minerals that are perceptible
with the addition of acid like HCL.
is used to identify the mineral that is attracted to a magnet. Combining the mineral
to a magnet tests out whether the mineral is magnetism or not.
H. Taste can
be a tool to identify minerals because some minerals contain a special taste.
can be also distinguished by the smell. Some minerals have a specific smell
that can help you recognize the type of mineral that is being used.
sensation of a mineral can be a tool as well to determine the kind of mineral
that is being examined.
3). An ore is a
specific type of rock containing a good amount of minerals, most likely a metal
which can be used for mining in differential ways. Once the Ore is extracted
and used for mining, It can be created into products that we use even today.
However, rock-forming minerals are just natural minerals that makes up a rock.
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